Sir Julius Vogel awards, Gemmell final vote and gratitude!

I have some lovely news to report: both ‘Samiha’s Song’ and ‘Oracle’s Fire’ have been shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel awards here in New Zealand! Colour me chuffed. (Both books! I’m a little flabbergasted.)

As if that weren’t enough, Frank Victoria is also shortlisted for his artwork on ‘Oracle’s Fire’, both at the Gemmells and for the SJV’s. Another double dose of goodness. Most importantly, you can now vote again for Frank in the Gemmell Ravenheart finals. Lets make this a win, he truly deserves it:


Personally, I’m as excited by shortlistings as by the prospect of a win: there’s something extremely satisfying about sharing space with other wonderful, well-loved books. It’s better than being on your own. This may just be me… but my cup feels full right about now.

I’m particularly happy about the SJV’s being a New Zealand-based award. NZ was a big part of the inspiration for these books. The unique landscape, trees, water and clouds of these islands all found their way into the invented world of the Tree. Whatever else I do, ‘The Chronicles of the Tree’ will always remain a Kiwi project.

Thank you, all of you. The nominations were done by popular vote, and that means YOU. You’ve made an artist and a writer very, very happy. 🙂

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4 Responses to Sir Julius Vogel awards, Gemmell final vote and gratitude!

  1. Helen Lowe says:

    Awesome news all round, Mary! And congratulations on getting not one but two books into the Sir Julius Vogel ballot!

  2. Bahiyyih says:

    This is just thrilling. And I’m so glad you’ve emphasized the Kiwi link with these books. It was one of the first things I thought – that The Chronicles of the Tree are definitely New Zealand-ish in inspiration. It’s not just about The Tree, it’s the whole feel of The Pacific Gap. Anyone who has had to make the journey back and forth between NZ and Europe can’t help carrying mental images of your dirigibles a-float over the abyss…

    Hurray for being short-listed! Hurray for The Kiwi Chronicles!

    • MaryV says:

      Thank you, thank you! Everything about NZ has me thinking of hanging over a Gap, actually. 😀 Land of the long white cloud.

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